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The Saturday Evening Post, November 16, 1929
Sample of the song which captured the fad at its height, recorded by George Olsen & His Music in 1928

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Raccoon coats, a full-length fur coat made of raccoon hide, were a fad in the United States during the 1920s. Such coats were particularly popular with male college students in the middle and later years of the decade.

They became popular due to the stories of Davy Crockett and popular artist James Van Der Zee.[1] George Olsen and His Music released a recording highlighting the fad in 1928, titled "Doin' the Raccoon", with the lyrics:

From every college campus comes the cheer: oy-yoy!
The season for the raccoon coat is here, my boy!
Rough guys, tough guys, men of dignity,
Join the raccoon coat fraternity, soon,
To do the raccoon!

A few months after Olsen's recording hit the air, the November 16, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post featured an Alan Foster illustration of several college men wearing raccoon coats.[2] The raccoon coat (many times accompanied with a straw boater, wingtip spectator oxfords, and either a saxophone or a ukulele) has been referenced numerous times in movies and television, both as a symbol of the Jazz Age and as a cliché motif of collegiate enthusiasm.

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The Atlantic

The Atlantic
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:52:27 -0800

“The communication may be faster, but the herd instinct is no greater than it used to be,” Lear wrote. “Beatlemania has nothing on the raccoon coat, the Big Apple, or those 'Three Little Fishes in an Itty‐Bitty Pool.'” Those little fishies were the ...

Garden & Gun Magazine

Garden & Gun Magazine
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:26:15 -0800

A showman who wore a raccoon coat on the sidelines, Marshall made deals with radio stations throughout the South to carry Redskins games, and in the fifties did the same with television. An avowed segregationist who had long refused to sign black ...

Yale Daily News (blog)

Yale Daily News (blog)
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:22:14 -0800

I totally get it. I have had a yearning for a raccoon coat since puberty -- just to be cool, different, and warm! At a much later time in my life I finally acquired one -- a used full length Canadian gem, with a wonderfully French masculine name ...


Thu, 10 Dec 2015 06:37:30 -0800

Head upstairs to the third floor of the library and be transported to Fred Waring's America — a large room packed with the raccoon coat, flamboyant suits and giant megaphones of the almost-alumnus and famous musician. In 1919, Waring was close to ...

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 18:36:56 -0800

"Raccoon coat was not PETA-approved." To be fair, voting rules were a bit sketchy at first. The basic process has long been simplified. Players are selected by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Voters list up to 10 names. A ...


Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:28:22 -0800

When Charles was struck, a frightened Dick, wearing a raccoon coat, leapt 11/2 stories into the 28-degree water. "I was not under water very long," he wrote in a letter to another survivor, Col. Archibald Gracie, "as soon as I came to the top I threw ...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:33:02 -0700

In 1987, he told the Dallas Morning News that he had led cheerleading “from the raccoon coat and megaphone to greater heights.” “His contributions to our industry have gone far and wide,” said David Kirschner, a former Syracuse University cheerleader ...

Toronto Star

Toronto Star
Thu, 31 Dec 2015 02:52:30 -0800

Florence cut a captivating figure in an ankle-length raccoon coat and a brown cowboy hat — an outfit she credits with helping her succeed. “Customers just let me into buildings and boardrooms out of curiosity, I'm sure.” At 76, she was still getting ...

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